Funerals and Children

>>  Friday, July 22, 2011

It's a strange time between death and the funeral, it's almost like the end hasn't quite been reached.  It might be a dream, there is still a glimmer of the life that was.  The funeral really does close the door hard shut.  It hurts.
At what age do you think it is right to introduce a child to a funeral?

I have taken my daughter to the funeral today, a relative close enough for her to relate to, but not too close.

I think it is good to introduce her to the whole process before she has to attend one of significance to her.

I wonder if it may be better to shield children from these realities if it is not necessary? But I think experience of things we all have to do in life is important.

She is now 12.  I am sure that it is time, she will be fine.  I hope I am right.

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